by Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #2
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 5
Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn't a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone's next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one. Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?
RAVENHEART is the second book in Dannika Dark’s newest series, Crossbreed. It’s Raven Black’s second week on the job, and Dark lets us warm up to the rest of the Keystone crew, learn more about Raven and hunt a serial killer. RAVENHEART was brilliantly done hooking me from the start and allowing me to experience a smorgasbord of emotions.
Mini review: RAVENHEART offered an addictive, intense and satisfying installment to the Crossbreed series. Dark providing snark, an intriguing murder mystery with characters you cannot help but love.
If you follow my reviews, you may have noticed I have been devouring Dannika Dark’s works. I began with the Seven series, then listened to the first book in Crossbreed only to discover a beloved character from the Mageri series was present. So in-between releases I listened to the first three audios in the Mageri series and holy cow am I glad I did. Christian plays a significant role in RAVENHEART. All of the series are different, but all take place in the same world Dark created. It isn’t necessary to have read the previous series, but you’ll want to.
So, Raven is settling into her digs and even personalizing her space. She spends time with the rest of the members of Keystone, including some outings to a “human” store which proved to be hilarious. I appreciated the way Dark allowed us in and showcased each of the members, not only their personalities but glimpses into who they were and their role in Keystone.
Raven hates vampires, but since she is saddled with Christian as a partner, she attempts to get to know him. Their bonding time is hilarious from snarky banter to outrageous bets. But it is when the two work a case together that these two become closer and get a chance to appreciate the others skill set, personalities, and the paths that led them to Keystone. Wow, we are just scratching the surface of what our heroine is capable of, and Raven is kickass, fearless and someone you want to have your six.
Wow, we are just scratching the surface of what our heroine is capable of, and Raven is kickass, fearless and someone you want to have your six.
The serial killer case was interesting and shed some light on discrimination even within the Breeds. Someone is killing females and leaving them in the human districts. What little clues they’ve gathered point toward a vampire. The team is forced to work with a Higher Authority officer who takes an interest in Raven. Dark provided plenty of twists and turns that kept me fully engaged.
Several sides threads teased and set us up for future installments and including an intriguing new case. Teasing and bickering between the crew members added a nice balance and gave the tale an easy, addictive flow.
I’ve listened to all of Dannika’s books, including RAVENHEART. They translate beautifully to audio and are just the right length. Nichole Poole narrates all of her novels. The two are a perfect pairing. Poole enhances the story from dialect to tone. I love her male voices, dialect and her ease at transitioning between characters.
I was happy with the way RAVENHEART wrapped up and feel like I am a part of this motley crew. Now back to finish the Mageri series while I pine for the next Crossbreeds audio.Ravenheart by Dannika Dark offered an addictive listen from beginning to end #audio Click To Tweet
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